Welcome to week 2 of our Cobblestone Road Socks knit-along! Ready to start knitting up the foot of your socks? Read on to find out how it’s done in this week’s tutorial from Chris of FuzzySheep Crafts! If you’re just finding out about the knit-along, it’s not too late to join! Keep up on all our free tutorials, week by week, on the blog.
Week 2: What to Do this Week
Hi everyone! How did week two go? Those legs are probably looking really great now. You can see the nice CobbleStone effect and it gives a really nice texture. Now we’re ready to split into the different sections for the lower part of the sock.
The first set of stitches will be your outer heel flap, next comes the instep (or the top) of the foot and finally the inner heel flap. Your heel flap sections will be held for the time being on stitch holders – and if you watch the video above, I give a simple but effective tip for holding those stitches so you don’t lose them and don’t have those giant metal safety pins in your way while knitting up your instep.
After splitting up your stitches, we’re going to knit the top of the foot. I suggest threading a lifeline through this first row of stitches or clipping some sort of stitch marker here. You will be measuring the length of your instep from this point – so you’ll want to make sure you keep track of it to make your life easier. Once you’ve split, work a simple stockinette until you’re about an inch or inch-and-a-half from your total desired length. You’ll start your toe decreases at this point. I usually start my decreases about ½” below my big toe, if that makes sense. You can adjust where your decreases are if you need a longer toe or a more square toe – it’s all up to you! The best part of knitting socks is that you’re making them to fit YOUR foot!
Alright, knitters – Let’s get going. Divide and Conquer!
Don’t forget to upload pictures of your progress to our flickr group for your chance to win a fabulous prize from Galler Yarns!
How To Enter the Knit-Along Giveaway
- Post your project, finished or in progress, in the AllFreeKnitting Flickr group to be entered.
- Open to anyone 18+ in the U.S. or Canada.
- Photos must be posted by July 8, 2012, 11:59p EST.
Stay tuned for next week’s portion of the knit-along right here on the Stitch & Unwind blog.
So are you convinced you should join the knit-along yet? Here’s how it works: the knit-along starts today and runs for six weeks. Every Monday, we will post a new tutorial from Christina Hammond here on the blog so you can complete the next portion of the knit-along. Of course, you can always work at your own pace once the tutorials are posted. There’s no rush here; we are just having fun and learning together!
Getting Ready, 6/4 – 6/10: Gathering Materials
Week One, 6/11- 6/17: Knitting the Cuff/Leg
Week Two, 6/18 – 6/24: Knitting the Heel/Foot
Week Three, 6/25 – 7/1: Knitting the Toes/Shaping the Heel
Week Four, 7/2 – 7 /8: Finishing the Socks
Week Five, 7/9: Winner Announced!
How are your socks coming along? Please post any comments or questions below!